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Unlike the previous 3 or 4 days, the morning was quite cool. After another large and impressive breakfast we hit the road. The plan was to backtrack to Fort William to take in the historic Jacobite steam train ride to Malliag. Fort William is the biggest town of the Scottish highlands and is located at the foot of Ben Nevis , Britain's highest …
... was in the late 1980s that the distillery decided to use their own branding.
The barrel room has lots of standard whisky in barrels. It must be 3 years old to be considered Scotch Whisky, then it can be aged different ages in the barrels. (the age refers to time in the barrel not the bottle)
the oldest barrel of whisky they have on site is from 1967! They are planning on bottling and selling it when it turns 50. Someone buy me a bottle of that for my ...
We decided we couldn't wear the same clothes any longer, and found a launderette in Aviemore, where we put everything through the washer and dryer. What a treat! While that was happening we found a wonderful cafe, where it turned out the chef was from Temuka! Her selection of home-made baking treats was a sight to behold, and it is no wonder they have been nominated in the 'Scotland's Best Baker' ...
... it became apparent that we were not going to get much sleep in the carpark! So after dinner we decided to take a chance and find somewhere else to kip down... there was another Britstop about 15mins down the road, so we hightailed it out of there and just on dark we found the carpark of the Speyside Centre - a fantastic spot well off the road in amongst a whole lot of trees. We had a much quieter night there, thank ...
... and a laundry room with a washing machine. However, the best part is the huge balcony that looks over the River Ness and the heart of Inverness.
We had some time before dinner so we walked south down the path on the east bank of the river. Before we got very far, we started hearing church bells ringing. They continued to ring at St. Andrews Cathedral for at least fifteen minutes while we ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsKingsmills Hotel Inverness
I loved this hotel!! Just wished it were closer to Town Center as we walked everywhere we went. It would have been sweet if they had told us sooner that internet time was cumulative rather than clock hours.....I would have paid for it sooner!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Kingsmills Hotel Inverness
What a wonderful stay. We were in Room #20, which is spacious and has french doors which open onto a terrace facing the garden courtyard. We hardly cared that it was raining in Inverness. The staff was attentive and discreet. The restaurant (the Conservatory) was fully staffed and attentive, even though we were on the shoulder season and the hotel seemed to be less than half full. Breakfast was full and included and could be had between 7 and 10:30, which gives plenty of planning flexibility. Inverness offers something for everyone: you can tour the Firth by boat or plane, explore the historic city or just shop and eat. We had some of the best Indian food we've ever had at the Rajah. The castle is now a working courthouse but the public can still go in and look around. The Mariott is a ten-minute walk (downhill) to town, and a good walk back to work off dinner. Bring the umbrellas to Inverness, as you would to anywhere in Scotland. It's really a nice city and the Marriott was a great hotel to be at. Not cheap, but it does deliver.
Majestic Place, regal hotel
Inverness is the gateway to Scootish Highlands and Marriott Inverness makes it all the more pleasurable. Boasting of having hosted Mel Gibson (during shooting of Braveheart) and Price Charles, the hotel is a converted residence / castle which became a Marriott hotel couple of years back. Regal splendour is visible within the hotel. Service is superb. Hotel has nice gardens, gym facilities, sauna , mini golf to relax your senses after tiring day. Hotel is located in quiet residential areas. There is a very nice playground bang in front of hotel - which served as a relaxing adjunct with 4 year old with us. Rooms were large, clean and well stocked. Restaurant service was also very courteous.
Only trouble was large number of doors that is a legacy of the it being a heritage building.
All in all, it was a nice experience that we would suggest to everybody.
We really enjoyed this hotel. We are Marriott points members and were able to stay for free from the points we have gathered. We had one of the larger king rooms which was very spacious and nicely decorated. In general this hotel is decorated less like the cookie cutter chain hotel and more like a Scottish manor. The only problem we encountered was a fire alarm that went off one morning after breakfast and we had to leave the building even though there was no real problem. It pushed us out into the day a bit faster than we would have liked and we didn't have enough time to get all of our stuff together for leaving. But it wasn't a big deal. The staff was very friendly and the breakfast buffet was great. We really enjoyed our three nights here and would return again.
My partner and I stayed here for two nights in November and had an excellent experience. The facilities were first class, with appealing pool and sauna, and the service was faultless. We booked with rewards points and they even upgraded us to a suite without us asking for it! We didn't eat in the main restaurant and chose the cafe instead. The food here was of higher quality than we anticipated and was very reasonable at around £30 for 2 mains and a bottle of wine.
Above our expectations
After a long drive from Birmingham to Inverness the Marriott was everything I was hoping for and more. We were able to check in early, which enabled us to have a sleep, before walking round the town. The staff were friendly and very helpful, our room delightful. A family room with king-sized bed made it even more luxurious. Fresh, clean, comfortable. The food (breakfast & diner) was delicious and a good selections of wines to boot. It certainly impressed my husband, which was the idea, unfortunately the following establishment we were booked into paled into insignificance!
My girlfriend and I stayed at the Marriott in November 2004 and we loved it. I travel a lot for work and this was one of the best 3/4 star experiences I've had.
I had booked a King Suite and it was lovely with a seperate hall joining the oversized bedroom with the huge bathroom. The bathroom had a massive seperate shower and this was ideal. The king sized bed was worth the extra expense alone. The pool/gym was also very good. The breakfast was fantastic and worth getting up for.
My girlfriend really wanted some seafood and the staff recommended the most fantastic seafood restaurant in town (I think it was called Rockpool around £30 a head).
The pay per movies was not as listed so I had been charged for a movie I didnt want to watch. When I mentioned this to the receptionist she sent up a TV with a video so we could watch the correct movie anytime and they also took the original charge off the room bill.
Great location as it is a short walk or £3 cab ride into town.
Words cant describe how bad this place is.
I do not understand why big chain hotels have the gaul to charge so much and deliver so little.
My wife and I had the misfortune of staying in the Inverness Marriott.
We had made a reservation weeks before and phoned the day before we were setting off to ensure everything was in order, we were reassured that all was well, we drove to Inverness and when we arrived at the hotel we were told they had an overbooking problem and had to book us out! I politely said no way, explained the booking of the room and then said I had called the day before, the receptionist was SO rude, she tried to tell me it was like booking a seat on an aircraft and you were never guaranteed a room??What??, after much discussion we were given a room, room, more like a doss house, very old, very tierd. I went back to reception and spoke to a different receptionist, she said it was all she had and it would have to do, yet she continued to check other couples into the hotel as we tried to speak!!
It gets better, DO NOT eat here, the food is repulsive andthe service is even more repulsive, there were two waiting staff on for 70 odd dinners!!!, my Wife made me stay for dinner as I was going to walk out but it took us 2 hours to have two courses.
Bad, bad, bad, bad experience, what makes it worse is we spoke to an American who has to live there 3 months at a time as his company are situated close by, he said the restaurant service had improved and said we should have seen it over the Summer, people where walking out left right and centre!!
The Friendliest of Hotels
Our family have stayed at the Inverness Marriott for six New Year packages, wedding anniversaries & weekend breaks over the last 8 years.
It is styled on a large country house in beautiful surroundings. We have stayed in both the executive & standard rooms, both are spacious & luxurious. All the staff treat everyone as special & no request is too much trouble. Whether you dress casually or formal you feel comfortable in the atmosphere created by the staff. The food is of an excellent standard from breakfast through to dinner. The pool & gym area have all the facilities you would expect of a high class hotel. I have no reservations in recommending this hotel to anyone, it is a unique experience.
This hotel was unique. We stayed in a 2 bedroom flat which was detached from the main building. From the outside, its purpose built and rather unattractive. On the inside, it was spacious, well decorated and suprisingly like a full size home! The breakfast was good, parking ample although a little away from the town centre. I would recommend this hotel.
Great Hotel - Excellent Service!
My wife and I stayed at the Inverness Marriott for 2 nights in late August '03. The hotel is just a short walk from downtown and is an old mansion. The rooms are very nice, and every one is different. Ours had an amazing walk in shower as well as a soaking tub. All marble bathroom. The staff is SUPER friendly and went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable. There is a great pool/sauna/hot tub and a 3 hole par-3 course for free! I would higly recommend families or couples to stay at this hotel.